Pawleys Island is still cleaning up after Hurricane Matthew, a month later. The south end of the island, where the parking lot for the beach is located, was hit the hardest and is still completely closed off. The boardwalks, the dunes, the beach, and the parking lot were wiped out and will have to be completely rebuilt.
On the north end, however, repairs are under way. You still can't use the beach but you can see what is being done to repair it.
There was a lot more beach here before Matthew came along. There were dunes also, but the water swept them away and piled the sand under the houses and right across the road. Huge machinery has been brought in to reclaim ton after ton of the sand from under the homes and road, load it into trucks and bring it back to where it belongs.
The dunes used to run along under the highest point of the stairways and the beach extended much farther out into the sea. All the stairs were damaged and have had to be replaced on many of the homes.
There are several of these giant lights along the beach, allowing the equipment to work night and day.
Someday it should look like this again. I wonder how long it will take.
There is a good reason for this sign:
"No Lifeguard on Duty Swim at Your Own Risk"